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Kajwang under pressure to quit Homa Bay race

30 December 2014, 12:57 William Korir

Nairobi - Moses Kajwang is under increasing pressure to quit the Homa Bay Senatorial race following increased violent acts over his nomination by ODM. 

The younger Kajwang was chosen last week by the party via direct nominations to run for the seat vacated by his late brother Gerald Otieno Kajwang.

But the move to nominate him has seen violence escalate in the region and his rallies disrupted by rowdy youth against his nomination.

And it is understood that he is under pressure from the recent actions.

" No one wants to be heckled and no one wants to be hated especially by their own people. That is the way of life and understandably Moses feels the same," a source close to his team told News24.

" The pressure is there and consultations are ongoing but it is unlikely he will quit. Not now, as the party will not let him," the source that did not wish to be named for fear of reprisal added.

There has been serious opposition to Kajwang's candidacy, with a number of rallies scheduled to be held cancelled due to the violence.

According to Silas Jakakimba who is vying for the same seat on a United Democratic (UDM) party ticket, after failing in the ODM nominations, ODM is likely to face more rebellion from the people of Homa Bay for what he claims they were denied a chance to pick a candidate of their choice.

Speaking in Homa Bay town, the former aide to Raila Odinga said that ODM should preach water and take water instead of preaching water and taking wine.

"As a party, you cannot be going around lecturing everyone about democracy while at the same time you cannot allow the same democracy to take root in your party. ODM will pay the price for being unfair during the nomination and trying to force a candidate on the people of Homa Bay. The day will come when they will be ashamed at the ballot and they will realize that things are no longer the same," said Jakakimba.

Many youth groups have stated that they are not in favour of Kajwang and that continued support for his candidacy will see them support a different party.

" We do not want him. Let the ODM national office know that," Okoth Olweny a Boda Boda youth group secretary in Homa Bay said.

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